Federal Court Blocks New Asylum Rule

Federal Court Blocks New Asylum Rule

San Francisco – On Wednesday, July 24, 2019 a federal judge in San Francisco block the president’s effort to block most asylum seekers attempting to enter the United States via the southern border—the preliminary injunction applies nationwide.  

The ruling was in response to a suit bought by the ACLU and others in response to the Trump administration’s new rule implemented on July 15 which made individuals ineligible for asylum if they passed through another country and failed to apply for asylum there before entering the United States.   

Declaring the administration’s rule was inconsistent with existing laws, U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar stated, “Under our laws, the right to determine whether a particular group of applicants is categorically barred from eligibility for asylum is conferred on Congress.”

Of course, no one expects the Trump administration to take this as the final word on the subject. The administration is certain to appeal.

Header Photo: U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar

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